Annual Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey for the year ending 31 December 2018

Tuesday 18 June, 2019 Written by 
Annual Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey for the year ending 31 December 2018

This summary provides the key labour market results from the Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey for the year ending 31 December 2018. Headline employment, unemployment and economic inactivity are included, and the summary also contains updates for two of the Outcomes Delivery Plan (ODP 16 & ODP 17) indicators for Northern Ireland.

Key Points

  • The Northern Ireland (NI) unemployment rate (16+) in 2018 was 3.7%. The unemployment rate decreased from the previous year (4.4%) by 0.7 percentage points (pps). The change was not statistically significant.
  • The NI employment rate (the proportion of people aged 16-64 in work) in 2018 was 70.0%. The NI employment rate increased from the previous year (69.1%) by 0.9pps. The change was not statistically significant.
  • The NI economic inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged 16-64 who were not working nor seeking or available to work) in 2018 was 27.2%. The inactivity rate decreased from the previous year (27.6%) by 0.4pps. The change was not statistically significant.

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